Racial Preferences: Doubt in the Priesthood

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    Walter Benn Michaels, The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006). Subsequent references will be cited parenthetically.

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    Michael Omi and Howard Winant, Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s (New York: Routledge, 1994), 62.

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    Here, Michaels is citing the following: Dalton Conley, Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth, and Social Policy in America (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1999), 7.

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    Peter Schmidt, Color and Money: How Rich White Kids Are Winning the War Over College Affirmative Action. (New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2007).

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    A précis of his thesis is available in a column by the author, “At the Elite Colleges—Dim White Kids,” Boston Globe, September 28, 2007. A review of Color and Money, “The Price of Preferences,” by Car Cohen, appears in the Winter 2007–08 Academic Questions.

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    See Serge Herzog, “Diversity and Educational Benefits: Moving Beyond Self-Reported Questionnaire Data,” November 19, 2007, Education Working Paper Archive, University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform, http://www.uark.edu/ua/der/EWPA/Research/Achievement/1799.html; and Stanley Rothman, Seymour Martin Lipset, and Neil Nevitte, “Does Enrollment Diversity Improve University Education?” International Journal of Public Opinion Research 15 (Spring 2003): 8.

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    Robert D. Putnam, “E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the Twenty-first Century: The 2006 Johan Skytte Prize Lecture,” Scandinavian Political Studies 30 (June 2007): 149.

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    Richard H. Sander, “A Systemic Analysis of Affirmative Action in American Law Schools,” Stanford Law Review 57, no. 2 (November 2004).

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    Peter Sacks, Tearing Down the Gates: Confronting the Class Divide in American Education (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2007).

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Dent, G.W. Racial Preferences: Doubt in the Priesthood. Acad. Quest. 21, 332–340 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12129-008-9065-7

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  • Racial Discrimination
  • Economic Inequality
  • Race Preference
  • Traditional Liberal
  • Victim Group